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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul War: Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul War: Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

The families cowered in basements, huddling in the dark as war raged overhead between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ‘We’re Not Here for Your Oil’: Jim Mattis US Defense Secretary Tells Iraqis

IRAQ POLITICS: ‘We’re Not Here for Your Oil’: Jim Mattis US Defense Secretary Tells Iraqis

Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to assess the war effort as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch a new push to evict Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the city of Mosul.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 48 People Killed, 55 Wounded in Car Bomb

IRAQ POLITICS: 48 People Killed, 55 Wounded in Car Bomb

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing in southern Baghdad, Iraq, killing at least 48 people and wounding 55.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Abadi Rejects Calls By Iran Allies in Iraq to React to Trump Travel Ban

IRAQ POLITICS: Abadi Rejects Calls By Iran Allies in Iraq to React to Trump Travel Ban

Abadi said at a news conference that Iraq was best served by preserving U.S. alliance. “We are in a battle and we don’t want to harm the national interest.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqis With US Ties First to Sue Over Trump Immigration Order

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqis With US Ties First to Sue Over Trump Immigration Order

Legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s new restrictions on immigration came on Saturday on behalf of two Iraqis with ties to U.S. security forces who were detained at New York’s JFK Airport.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Living Under Militant Rule in Mosul – UN

IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Living Under Militant Rule in Mosul – UN

BAGHDAD: UN and several aid organizations estimated 750,000 civilians are still living under Islamic State rule in Mosul despite advances by Iraqi forces.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Al-Milayeen, Al-Binaa al-Jahiz Retaken By Iraqi Forces

IRAQ POLITICS: Al-Milayeen, Al-Binaa al-Jahiz Retaken By Iraqi Forces

They recaptured “Al-Milayeen neighbourhood and Al-Binaa al-Jahiz area and raised the Iraqi flag over the buildings”, the military said in a statement.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Army Advance in Northeastern Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Army Advance in Northeastern Mosul

Iraqi forces recaptured most of eastern Mosul in a 3-month old U.S.-backed offensive to drive Islamic State out of its last major stronghold in the country.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Fight Islamic State At Mosul University, Take Areas Along Tigris

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Fight Islamic State At Mosul University, Take Areas Along Tigris

Iraqi special forces drove Islamic State militants in Mosul University campus while elite police units took over large areas along the Tigris river.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Advance in Mosul, Civilian Deaths Increase: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Advance in Mosul, Civilian Deaths Increase: UN

United Nations said civilian casualties had streamed into nearby hospitals in the last two weeks as fighting intensified in the jihadist militia’s last major stronghold in Iraq.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 70 Percent Eastern Mosul Liberated By Iraqi Forces From Islamic State Militants

IRAQ POLITICS: 70 Percent Eastern Mosul Liberated By Iraqi Forces From Islamic State Militants

Iraqi forces have retaken around 70 percent of eastern Mosul from Islamic State militants and expect to reach river bisecting the city in the coming days.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Bombings in Baghdad Disregard For Civilian Life

IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Bombings in Baghdad Disregard For Civilian Life

Islamic State claimed the 31 December twin bombings in Baghdad that claimed at least 28 lives and led to a further 50 injuries, according to media reports.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Ten Years Since Execution of Saddam Hussein

IRAQ POLITICS: Ten Years Since Execution of Saddam Hussein

Ousted Iraqi Saddam Hussein was hanged inside one of his own regime’s former torture centres a decade ago on December 30, 2006.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul: Iraqi Forces New Offensive Against Islamic State Takes Center Stage

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul: Iraqi Forces New Offensive Against Islamic State Takes Center Stage

Iraqi security forces began second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Soldiers Spray Shi’ite Graffiti In Mosul, Residents Shocked

IRAQ POLITICS: Soldiers Spray Shi’ite Graffiti In Mosul, Residents Shocked

“Look at this. The army should be neutral and not painting such things on walls,” said Abdullah Shuwaib, a Sunni blacksmith who fled the fighting.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Parliament Passes Contested Law On Shi’ite Paramilitaries

IRAQ POLITICS: Parliament Passes Contested Law On Shi’ite Paramilitaries

Iraq’s parliament approved a law that will transform Popular Mobilisation forces mostly Iranian-backed coalition of Shi’ite militias that played a role in fighting Islamic State.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Yazidis Risk All To Flee Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Yazidis Risk All To Flee Islamic State

In northern Iraq, Abu Faraj and 17 other members of Yazidi religious community escaped while their Islamic State captors were busy with the battle.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Paramilitaries Close To Cutting Mosul Supply Route

IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Paramilitaries Close To Cutting Mosul Supply Route

The Mosul campaign is turning into the biggest battle in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Advance Slows As Militants Melt Away

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Advance Slows As Militants Melt Away

Across the border, U.S.-backed Syrian fighters announced on Sunday the start of their own campaign to recapture Islamic State’s Syrian bastion of Raqqa.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Bestseller Book: Iraq: The Cost Of War By Sir Jeremy Greenstock

IRAQ POLITICS: Bestseller Book: Iraq: The Cost Of War By Sir Jeremy Greenstock

Supporting George Bush on Iraq will go down as defining moment for Blair, and for UK. Buy Iraq: The Cost Of War best seller book by Sir Jeremy Greenstock.

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